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Monday, July 04, 2016

Nuggets of truth -- hermenuetics

Good evening on this Sunday before Independence Day.

Thus we begin our new regular feature once per week wherein we delve into some of the deeper truths of Christianity. The focus of this process is known as "hermeneutics" or "exegeses" -- the process of in depth, scholarly pursuit that results in a deeper level of understanding the Christian scriptures that, we hope, will enhance one's ability to properly interpret the Bible and then accurately apply those ancient truths to the modern era.

Today it seemed appropriate to start with a key concept that is of extreme importance -- the concept of freedom,

The term "freedom" is of vital importance. The Bible says,

Galatians 5 [Full Chapter]
Freedom of the Christian ] Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery. Take note! I, Paul, tell you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to keep the entire law...

In short, one of the precepts of the Gospel is that in Christ we are free, liberated. We are subservient only to Christ. I am a slave to no one and to nothing but Christ.

Flawed human beings, and thus Christianity itself, have often been wrong in their interpretation of certain concepts, such as slavery. But all of humanity has at one time or another been held in this awful practice due to a flawed understanding of the Bible and other documents and rulers. But these practices graduately faded as Christians and others grew to fully understanding that slavery is wrong.

And why is slavery so wrong? Because the Bible teaches it is wrong to be enslaved by another human being, a government, or entity other than Jesus Christ.   

As the Bible declares,

John 8:36Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

36 Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

news news, news, news

And a happy Sunday to you

Just a quick note about changes here and the demise of The Examiner...

The Examiner will be discontinued at  the end of next week. I am thankfull that they allwed me to write for them since 2009.

But pray that all of us writers.who are adversely effected and that they find a good place to land.

The changes at Examiner have prompted me to take The Liberty Sphere to a new level. News and commentary will continued, But a new feature will be added. As an ordained Christian minister for over 40 years, I intend to add a Bible study feature that takes us to a new level
in our Christian walk.

More about that soon.

Stick with me for these added features..Thanks for reading all these years, and iinvite others

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Libertarians provide ignored alternative in presidential race

Fox Business Network host John Stossel recently hosted a televised forum featuring some of the top contenders who seek to become the Libertarian Party's chosen nominee for president. The winner will square off against whoever is chosen by the Republicans and Democrats to be their standard bearers for the presidency in November.

Media moguls ignore and exclude Libertarian Party candidates.

Read the rest here.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Soooo, what to do, oh what, what, what to do?

It looks like I will be having another procedure at the hospital next week...nothing major as procedures go, but a nuisance. Pray for me. I am trusting the Lord with all my heart to soothe me and gently ease me through this.

Now, what are gun right activists, conservatives, and libertarians (and any others who take seriously the centrality of the Bill of Rights and all of our other INDIVIDUAL freedoms) to do as this election cycle gets rolling full force?

Let's look at who is automatically disqualified from serving as president due to their shockingly horrific views on individual liberties. At the top is Hillary Clinton. She should be running as social director for the prison from her jail cell. Bernie Sanders, no matter how honest he is, does not represent what America stands for. Both of them are out, period, end. If either of these charlatans get elected, kiss the Supreme Court goodbye, and then kiss your gun rights and most of the rest of your liberties goodbye. It's all over. We MUST NOT allow progressives like Hillary and Bernie to get elected. They must be stopped at all costs.

Over on the Republican side, I have questions about Trump, but I will say that his views are evolving, and I like what he says about the border fence, deportation, revamping the rules on immigration, and his stance on gun rights and freedom of religion. This is NOT, however, an endorsement. I am just stating some things I like while at the same time struggling with a general unease about him at this point. Ted Cruz's views probably come closer to my own than any other candidate running. But I am deeply afraid he will not be able to win in the general election in November. Kasich is probably the best chance we have to defeat a Democrat in the Fall. But we have a big decision to make. Is he close enough to our views to warrant our support? I can tell you one thing, I had much rather have any of the three remaining Republicans than a woman who should be in prison and already would be in prison were she not one of the establishment elitists who routinely get away with cold blooded murder while the rest of us would be placed in a hole under the jailhouse if we had done the same things.

I have absolutely no respect whatsoever for ruling class elitists which we are not supposed to have in THIS country to begin with. All are equal according to our founding documents. A true American carries but two things other than the Bible -- in one hand should be the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and in the other hand a ballot. Here in THIS country, we recognize no authority other than the will of the people expressed through the votes they cast, provided their votes adhere to the principles of freedom as expressed in the Declaration and Constitution.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

I'm back for now

Hello my dear friends and a deep warm thank-you to those who continue to visit this little blog even when I am away for extended periods. Thanks also to the Examiner for putting up with me and my absences for extended periods.

I'm back for now. I don't know how long it will last, but I am praying and hoping some things are under control now which will prevent these long absences.

Regarding that, roughly a month ago I found myself in the Emergency Room getting treatment for who-knows-what. When I first got there I don't think the doctors and medical personnel knew for sure what was happening either. All I knew was I was going to beg them to admit me to the hospital if they had not done so. I also know that on this particular night I was pleading to go to the Emergency Room...something I never do.

Most of everything else that happened that night is shrouded in a fog. I don't remember most of what took place. I know now that I almost died.

I also remember an ER doctor saying they were admitting me to the hospital, my bed was ready, and before I knew it, off we went. For nearly two weeks I was there getting scans and treatment. I began to improve, and one morning the doctor came in said I was going home that day. I was ready.

So here I am at home with a treatment regimen that I must pay strict attention to if I want to live. Even then there are no guarantees. I am still on the mend and have a long way to go in terms of energy level. That will be a slow process. But I thank the Lord that I am 500 percent better than when I went to the Emergency Room.

Pray for me and don't forget. I will begin writing again as soon as I am up for it, both here and at the Examiner.  We have a country to save from rank traitors. Can you imagine what will happen to gun rights, free speech, and freedom of religion if we allow Hillary or Sanders to get elected? The Supreme Court will also be overrun with traitors who disregard the Constitution as if it were a piece of toilet paper.

You didn't think I was not going to do my part to stop it, did you? I'll do it even if I collapse.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Where did you learn these things?

The answer is simple -- at my Mother's knee. She instilled in me a legacy of faith, hope, love, and all of the things we associate with Christianity. Her enduring prayer and hope was that the Christ she loved and served would become my Lord and Master too. I learned this from the cradle up.  

I saw her faith in how she lived her life. I can tell you millions of stories about her, but suffice it to say she lived the Gospel and did what she believed the Lord wanted her to do.

I will say, however, that she modeled for me the love of Christ by getting up in the middle of the night, holding my hand, putting a cold towel to my forehead and other important matters when my childhood asthma hit with a vengeance. It seemed that the darkness of the night made my smothering worse, so I would get up, go to the den, turn on the light, and sit on the couch trying to breath. Her motherly intuition was always in top form, and always, inevidably, she would find me in the den struggling to breath. She would go get the medicine the doctor prescribed but the problem was that even though it helped me to breath tremendously, it's side effect was severe nausea. She would sit up with me through all of that, doing whatever she could in spite of the fact that she had a full time job. Finally I would ease off to sleep and as the sun rose through the window I would look over and she would be sitting the chair next to the sofa. She had been there all night long. Sometimes she had nodded off but most of the time she was awake, watching me tenderly to make sure I was alright.

I cannot begin to tell you what that means to me other than to say I am looking forward with great love and anticipation to see her again in that heavenly realm. I want to hug her, hug her neck for a long, long time and tell her how much I love and appreciate her, and that had it not been for her I probably would not have made it through this world. Of course there are many others I want to see. I know I will see Jesus and thank Him for dying for me and for his endless, abiding presence.

The following song puts into words much of what I am feeling. It's by Donna Lewis of Wales, and the song is titled, "Mother."

A treasure for those who seek

Modern worship music has taken a dramatic turn. Much of it focuses on God and spiritual truths in a manner that takes the attention off the performers while pointing only to God. This has enriched our worship in many ways, adding to the rich tradition of sacred and gospel music that the church has developed over many centuries.

I like the following presentation so much that I had to share it. This young lady is not only immensely talented but a conduit through which the presence, love, mercy, and hope of the Lord Jesus Christ can be experienced. This song has been a comfort and blessing through my recent dark days.

I don't know much about all these rules and regulations about posting videos, but if for some reason I have to take this down, you can still find it on You Tube below.

I Am Not Alone by Kari Jobe on You Tube.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

AZ sheriff makes bombshell claim about the border

Arizona sheriff Paul Babeu made a bombshell claim about the southern border in an interview today, March 8, with Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto.  Sheriff Babeu stated that the flood or illegal aliens across the southern border from Mexico has already increased roughly 35 percent so far in 2016. And the onslaught of illegals has topped 120 percent over the past few years. The bombshell, however, lies in how the Obama administration is handling, or this case, not handling, the breach in the southern border.

Click to read it all.